Karol Szymanowski – Piano Music


Other fine recitals from Peter Anderszewski and Marc-Andre Hamelin stand high among the recommendations for this music, while Martin Roscoe gives us superlative performances of all of the keyboard music. Here is yet another great recital, a superb sampling. The plush fullness of the sound is an added attraction.

Alan Becker (American Record Guide)

Polish-born pianist Barbara Karaśkiewicz plays these four works with great understanding, technical aplomb and interpretive skill. It makes a splendid introduction to the piano music of Karol Szymanowski.

John France (Musicweb International)

I have to say immediately that Barbara Karaskiewicz seems to have known Szymanowski and his language for a number of years and reading her biography it is clear that she started to play his music when she was just fifteen. You are in safe hands with this CD. But that’s not to say that others have not achieved great things with this music.

Gary Higginson (Musicweb International)

In my opinion, Barbara Karaśkiewicz is an exceptional interpreter of Karol Szymanowski’s works. With impeccable technique, beautiful sound, playing with great vigor and liberty, realizing his own artistic visions, she tries to focus on the possibly faithful reflection of the composer’s intentions. I am under pleasant impression of Mrs. Karaśkiewicz’s performance of Masks op. 34 by Szymanowski. The absolute control of  plans in such a complex musical matter testifies to a thorough knowledge, combined with talent and reliability, free from showing off her technical ease.

Professor Bogumił Nowicki 15/06/2018

    … is a pianist possessing a very good technique, which allows her to achieve her interpretive goals with freedom. She is convincing in expression, playing with a deep understanding of the changing stylistics of the presented works, from strictly romantic in Preludes to almost modernist in Mazurkas. Her play is on the one hand full of passion and worship, on the other hand conscious and full of control. This translates into a diverse and clear sound of the instrument, which does not hide any secrets from her. The choice of tempos is very individual, which undoubtedly influences the very personal tone of the statement. The keep knowledge that the pianist has, working for 25 years on Szymanowski’s music, means that we have no doubts about the high quality of the presented work.

Professor Bogdan Kułakowski 18/06/2018